MILWAUKEE -- Years of political battles over the Estabrook Dam could come to an end if a plan from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele succeeds.
In his plan, the city of Milwaukee would rezone the Estabrook Dam and put a three-person committee (including Abele) in control of the dam.
Once that committee is established, they would sell the dam to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) for $1. Then, the MMSD would buy the dam with the condition that it's torn down.
"It costs a lot less to remove it than to repair it," Abele said.
He estimates repairs would cost $4.1 million and that removal would be $1.7 million.
County Board of Supervisor members dispute those numbers and disagree with this plan altogether.
"We've made that vote several times over the last 12 years," she said.
The County Board authorized $1.6 million for repairs in 2013. They feel if the repairs had been executed by Abele's administration quickly, the dam wouldn't be in its current state of disrepair.
They board doesn't feel it's up to the city to decide the future of a county entity.